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 BED AND BREAKFAST VIA DEL MARE

BED AND BREAKFAST
VIA DEL MARE

Excursions, points of interest and attractions close to BITONTO Bari Casamassima Cassano delle Murge

TERRA DI BARI DOP

TERRA DI BARI DOP  Apri
Loc. BARI, ITALIA - PUGLIA  Navigatore
15 Km from VIA DEL MARE
Altitude: 6 mt. a.s.l.  Area Rutigliano, Casamassima, Acquaviva delle Fonti
  Brochure PDF
NOTES: extra virgin olive oil D.O.P. (Protected Designation of Origin) Terra di Bari is obtained from olives grown according to specific environmental conditions of the area of cultivation. For its production are used exclusively olives harvested areas of Bari, Bitonto, Molfetta, Ruvo, Terlizzi, Bitetto, Acquaviva. USE: raw on salads, vegetables and legumes enhances the flavor. COMPOSITION: Ogliarola part from Bari, part of Coratina ODOR: fruity olive TASTE: fruity with sensation of fresh herbs and slight hint of bitterness and pungency DENSITY: bodied ACIDITY: <= 0.3

TEATRO PETRUZZELLI

TEATRO PETRUZZELLI  Apri
Loc. BARI - PUGLIA  Navigatore
15 Km from VIA DEL MARE
  Area Casamassima, Rutigliano, Acquaviva delle Fonti
The Petruzzelli Theatre, owned by the family Messeni Nemagna, is the ultimate cultural center of the city of Bari, the fourth Italian theater in size and the largest private theater of Europe. Located in the heart of the city, overlooking Corso Cavour. On its south wall ends via De Giosa, behind the palace Apulian Aqueduct.

TARALLI PUGLIESI

TARALLI PUGLIESI  Apri
Loc. BARI - PUGLIA  Navigatore
15 Km from VIA DEL MARE
  Area Rutigliano, Casamassima, Acquaviva delle Fonti
The tarallo originally began as a product consumed by farmers when they moved to treat their fields and were away from home for several days. There are several origins of the word TARALLO; some think it comes from the Latin torrere (toast), others say it comes from the greek daratos (a type of bread) or dall'italico TAR (wrap). The original form of Tarallo, formed during the eighteenth century., Was born thanks to the work of the bakers that wound and infornavano the remains of the bread dough creating delicious golden rings. They acquire importance when people start to accompany the wine and to consider them as perfect substitutes of bread to become a snack to enjoy during the cocktail conquering foreign palates. Perfect combination of three simple foods from nature rich in flavor, lightness and freshness, aroma of bread, fragrances wheat fields and authenticity of the garden such as wheat flour, extra virgin olive oil and white wine .

BARLETTA

BARLETTA  Apri
Loc. BARLETTA, ITALY - PUGLIA  Navigatore
42 Km from VIA DEL MARE
  Area Andria, Trani, Minervino Murge
Barletta overlooks the Adriatic coast, where the rocky coastline is softened in the sands dell''Ofanto. The river marks the border between the provinces of Bari and Foggia and has always had a decisive influence on farming in the area. Its course also marks the passage from the Murgia karstic the wide and fertile plain of the Tavoliere that can be said is just beginning to Barletta. The city of Barletta is on the shore of the Adriatic Sea, at the mouth of the South-West Gulf of Manfredonia, in front of the Gargano promontory. It covers an area of 14,471 hectares, and its built-up area has a length (east-west) of about 6 km, a width (north-south) of about 2 km and a perimeter of about 13 km. In its territory is a remarkable climate stability, largely due to the presence of the sea, which reduces the contrast elements. The winds are predominantly south. The rainfall is low; hovers over an average of 500 mm per year and is distributed in about 70 days, with higher inflows of rain in autumn and winter and minimum in the second half of June and the first half of August. It is not difficult to appreciate the merits of the city of Barletta because everywhere, in the labyrinthine alleys of the village as in the broad streets of the center, the focus is often captured by imposing monuments. From the Middle Ages to the modern era has left all his testimonies. The famous bronze colossus, the cathedral, where Gothic and Romanesque coexist in harmony, palaces, Renaissance expression of the best of Puglia, are some of the monuments that the city offers to those who know how to enjoy it.

WWF: OASI ACQUAVIVA DELLE FONTI

WWF: OASI ACQUAVIVA DELLE FONTI  Apri
Loc. ACQUAVIVA BARI, ITALY - PUGLIA  Navigatore
27 Km from VIA DEL MARE
  Area Casamassima, Cassano delle Murge, Rutigliano
  Brochure PDF
The Oasis Gioacchino Carone is located in the town of Acquaviva delle Fonti (Ba) . The area of 2.5 hectares , spread along the right bank of a channel called blade Baron . Interesting is the presence of a dense shrub vegetation of considerable interest. The aim of the group is to maintain and improve this strip of vegetation that , along with the rest of the bed of the channel , which is also similar characteristics , have now taken on the character of rarity throughout the province of Bari and Apulia in general. environment Interesting is the presence of a dense shrub vegetation of considerable interest primarily to the presence of Kermes oak , are also common gorse , as well as the cistus of Montpellier in large size . There is a considerable presence of birds such as warblers and in particular of Warbler , Whitethroat , Blackcap and other species such as robin , Stonechat , blue, great, serins , finches . In summer it is possible to observe several examples of kestrel, kestrel and red-footed falcon intent to hunt in the surrounding areas . The aim of the group is to maintain and improve this strip of vegetation that , along with the rest of the bed of the channel is also similar characteristics , have now taken on the character of rarity throughout the province of Bari and Apulia in general .

CASAMASSIMA

CASAMASSIMA  Apri
Loc. CASAMASSIMA - PUGLIA  Navigatore
26 Km from VIA DEL MARE
  Area Rutigliano, Acquaviva delle Fonti, Bari
Perched on a hillside, 18 km from Bari, Casamassima was known in the past as the crossroads of Apulia . To give it this name , the strategic location that puts you at the center of the region. The Municipality represented , in fact, an important road connecting the capital of the empire , Rome, Taranto. The territory of Casamassima covers an area of 7,741 acres , the natural end of the Murgia of Bari . Characteristic and of great interest is the Lama San Giorgio , about 10 hectares of forest, covering discontinuous tree layer which is made from various kinds of oaks, a micro- region environment in which they survive plant and animal species unique in the world , many of which are endangered . Still unexplored , however, is the karst landscape with its huge underground caves , characterized by stalactites and stalagmites. Noteworthy , in the territory , including the prehistoric : the menhirs or standing stones and specchie . The first are megaliths of irregular shape , sometimes close to the conical or cylindrical shape , for the most left rough and driven into the ground as they were obelisks . Their meaning and function they had originally , scholars are divided between them . Specchie are , however, piles of stones of varying sizes, some thousands of years, scattered in the woods for a long time remained isolated agro and when those areas were transformed into cultures. It is not inconceivable that , under the specchie , were the tombs of warriors and leaders of armies, who died in battle .

ALTAMURA

ALTAMURA  Apri
Loc. ALTAMURA - PUGLIA  Navigatore
32 Km from VIA DEL MARE
  Area Cassano delle Murge, Matera, Acquaviva delle Fonti
The city of Altamura is located inland in the province of Bari , near the border with Basilicata. Fossil finds , some of which are outstanding as Altamura man , evidence of human presence in this area 400,000 years before Christ . In 500 BC were built the megalithic walls that gave the town its name ( High Walls ) . There was a long period of domination , which ended the arrival of Frederick II ( 1232), who gave new impetus to the city by building a Cathedral and repopulating it with Arab , Greek and Jewish . In that period, the characteristic layout of the city , with the cloisters , small squares surrounded by alleys . Subsequently, Altamura underwent several dominions , including the Orsini , who built mansions and convents. In 1531 , the inhabitants of Altamura undertake to pay 20,000 ducats needed to set their own city from the yoke of feudalism. The city saw a particularly between 1500 and 1700 , until in 1748 it was set up within its walls the University who helped to spread the ideals of equality and freedom promoted by the French Revolution . Because of this new spirit , when in 1799 the city was besieged and sacked by the Holy Faith , citizenship gave birth to a long endurance. E ' for this reason that the historians of the early twentieth century, still animated by the spirit of the Risorgimento , gave the city the nickname of Lioness of Puglia . In the following years Altamura housed the Court of Appeal in the Land of Bari and the seat of the Provisional Government of Puglia.Suggestivo is the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Good way : was a refuge for travelers on the road that once led to Bari , as well as a place of worship to stop to pray. Of great interest is also the State Archaeological Museum : inside are kept many of the findings of the cave Lamalunga , tools and kits late Middle Ages . The famous Altamura man , a human fossil lived between 250,000 and 400,000 years ago, can be visited in the Visitor Center Altamura Man at Masseria Ragone . In a cave four kilometers from the town were discovered footprints of dinosaurs that lived in this land about 70 million years ago. Anyone visiting Altamura will take the memory, taste and smell of the PDO bread, so good to be served as a meal and not as a complement .

BARI

     

BARI  Apri
Loc. BARI - PUGLIA  Navigatore
15 Km from VIA DEL MARE
  Area Rutigliano, Casamassima, Acquaviva delle Fonti
Bari is the capital of the region of Puglia and is situated on the coast of the Adriatic Sea and extends between the Gargano and the Cape of Otranto. The city of Bari is divided into two parts: the old part of Byzantine origin and the new part of the early nineteenth century. Historically it was founded by peucezi (a pre-Roman population) and then conquered by the Romans in the second century BC Barium becoming the town hall. Later it was conquered by the Lombards, Byzantines and finally by the Saracens. At the end of the twelfth century a flourishing period spent under the Swabians but then declined as a result of Spanish and Austrian domination. In 1860 he joined the Kingdom of Italy.

CASTELLO NORMANNO

     

CASTELLO NORMANNO  Apri
Loc. CASTELLO NORMANNO - SVEVO, PIAZZA FEDERICO II DI SVEVIA, 4, BARI, ITALY - PUGLIA  Navigatore
15 Km from VIA DEL MARE
  Area Rutigliano, Casamassima, Acquaviva delle Fonti
The castle was built by the Normans in the XII century and restored by Frederick II between 1233 and 1240. The castle, located in a central area of Bari, is a spectacular testimony to the medieval building which offers visitors the opportunity to visit one of the most interesting forts in the region. To admire the stone bridge through which you enter the castle, the angular bastions used for the defense of the fort and the numerous towers that characterize the quadrangular structure: the tower of Minors, the tower of Monaco, the tower and the tower of the Wind Semaforo the castle is the seat of the Superintendence for the Architectural and Environmental Heritage History of Puglia and inside it houses the gallery of plaster casts.

ANDRIA

ANDRIA  Apri
Loc. ANDRIA, ITALY - BASILICATA  Navigatore
37 Km from VIA DEL MARE
  Area Barletta, Trani, Minervino Murge
Andria is an Italian town of 100430 inhabitants, capital along with Barletta and Trani, Province of Barletta-Andria-Trani, in Puglia. It is the fourth largest city in the region by population, as well as the sixteenth area of Italy. Up to 11 June 2004 inclusive in the province of Bari, today the city is home to the provincial council and registered office of the province of Barletta-Andria-Trani, is part of the national oil city. Due to the presence of its three tall towers, is also known as the city of the three towers. Symbol of the city in Apulia Castel del Monte is situated on a hill outside the town. Castel del Monte is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List

TRANI

TRANI  Apri
Loc. TRANI, ITALY - PUGLIA  Navigatore
30 Km from VIA DEL MARE
  Area Andria, Barletta, Minervino Murge
Legend attributes its foundation to the Tyrrhenian Sea, the son of the Homeric hero Diomedes, but the first historical record is in Peutingeriana, Roman itinerary of the third sec.dc The historical record of Trani only part of the IX century. the age of the Lombards and later the Byzantines, when it was elevated to a bishopric. In Frederick, given the development of many local activities, considerably widened its walls that remained standing until 1846. Under the Angevins, there was a period of crisis, from which it recovered in the fifteenth century under the Aragonese with great commercial expansion of this age are testimony Caccetta the palace, the palace Palagano, the palace Vischi, the monastery of Santa Chiara. After the Venetian rule that saw the rise of the churches of St. Augustine and St. Rocco, Trani came under Spanish rule in what was the most important center, judicial and administrative center of Terra di Bari, so as to become its capital. In this way came to a head the fortune of Trani in which they were to converge centers, legal, cultural and intellectual Puglia with the presence of the Archbishop and of the Holy Royal Audience Provincial. In this assumed importance was followed by a housing growth and here is the flourishing of prestigious buildings such as Palazzo Torres, Beltrani, Lopez, White and churches such as Santa Teresa, San Domenico and San Lorenzo. The event crucial to the future fate of Trani was the complete devastation that it suffered in 1799, when, after haughty events in which the populace had preferred the Bourbon regime, the city was severely punished and put to fire and sword. The urban structure of Trani is divided into three parts: the old town, whose walls were torn down in 1846, is bounded by the harbor, via M.Pagano and Via Alvarez: it is the most striking part, remained intact in its historical and artistic, for the proper preservation of buildings and structures do not defaced by lewd and aesthetically ugly modernistic. Then there is the part of the nineteenth century with spacious streets and straight, and dignified and stately buildings, located to the east of the old town and noon. Finally, the third part which has virtually the joint center of Trani, in what was the residential area and garden to the peninsula of Colonna, and the guidelines to Corato and Andria, consists of those modern building structures and, at times, functional, which are typical of our whole country.

UVA DI PUGLIA IGP

UVA DI PUGLIA IGP  Apri
Loc. RUTIGLIANO BA, ITALIA - PUGLIA  Navigatore
29 Km from VIA DEL MARE
  Area Casamassima, Acquaviva delle Fonti, Bari
IGP Uva di Puglia 'is reserved for table grapes of varieties Italian b., Regina b., Victoria b., Michele Palieri n., Red Globe rs., produced in the defined area. Consumer Features must have the following characteristics: - The whole cluster must be of not less than 300 grams; - Berries must present a calibration of not less than 21 mm for Victoria, 15 mm for the Queen, 22 mm for Italy, Michele Palieri and Red Globe (equatorial diameter); - The color is pale straw yellow for the Italian variety, and Queen Victoria, a deep velvety black varieties Michele Palieri and a rose dore' for the Red Globe variety; - The juice of the grapes must have a value not less than 14 Brix for the Italian variety, Queen and Red globe; 13 Brix for the varieties Victoria and Michael Palieri. For all varieties, the value of the ratio Brix / total acidity must be at least 22. Method of production - New vineyards will be built on well-drained soils, permeable and free from rot outbreaks of agents and carriers of the virus without damaging the screw using only certified rootstocks. - The training for the construction of vineyards with grapes pergola roof is horizontal, the tent. - The density of plantation should be between a minimum of 1.100 and a maximum of 2,100 vines / ha. - The distance between the rows must be between 2.2 and 3 m. - The production of grape must not be higher than 30 t / ha. - On defense phytoiatric, are permitted operations environmentally friendly and using only pesticides based on active ingredients registered for the lives of table grapes, as indicated in the specification of integrated production of table grapes of Puglia Region. - The pruning should be carried out in the period between the period following the fall of the leaves and the previous budding: from December to the end of February of the following year. - It 's allowable coverage of the tent with networks of polyethylene and / or PVC or polyethylene plastic film + EVA and greenhouse cultivation, in order to protect it from hail, wind, rain, and to facilitate the advance maturation or delay in harvesting grapes (the variation of the coverage period). - The grape harvest period runs from the time of the achievement of the minimum quality required by the regulations (for Victoria variety from the beginning of the second decade of July, for the variety Michele Palieri from the beginning of the third decade of July, for the Italian variety, Queen and Red globe since the beginning of the third decade of August). - The packaging must be made within the production area to prevent the transport and excessive handling can damage the grapes altering integrity and color.

PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE LAMA BALICE

PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE LAMA BALICE  Apri
Loc. BARI - PUGLIA  Navigatore
6 Km from VIA DEL MARE
  Area Casamassima, Rutigliano, Acquaviva delle Fonti
The blades, which are typical of the province of Bari, which are grooves running water of rivers and streams have carved out over time in the limestone of the region and generally from the Murgia plateau to the Adriatic Sea. The natural park of Lama Balice, has an area of approximately 125 hectares and takes its name from one of these incisions through the Murgia plateau in common Bito, and Bari Modugno and reaches the sea. The bed of the blade was once occupied by the river '' Tiflis '', now dried up, which are the remains of prehistoric settlements. Among the main species of the fauna of the park are foxes, frogs, hedgehogs, weasels, moorhen, the knight of Italy, the owl, kestrel, kingfisher, mallard, buzzard , jays and brown-billed wading bird. The different natural environments, however, allow visitors to admire numerous plant species: the carob tree, the oak, laurel, fragno, hawthorn, wild asparagus, wild orchids and herbs such as mint, sage and thyme. The visit to the park Lama Balice is made even more interesting by the presence of olive trees in the adjacent areas and many farms spread throughout the country, among which we highlight Malatesta Villa, Farmhouse and Villa Caffariello Framarino, also a meeting point for excursions in the park regional.

CATTEDRALE DI SAN SABINO

     

CATTEDRALE DI SAN SABINO  Apri
Loc. BARI - PUGLIA  Navigatore
15 Km from VIA DEL MARE
  Area Rutigliano, Casamassima, Acquaviva delle Fonti
Located in the heart of Bari old , the Cathedral of Santa Maria (now San Sabino ) repeats in its severe lines and harmonious architecture of the nearby Basilica of San Nicola . Seat of the Archdiocese, was for centuries the reference point of the clergy and the political power of the city. In the lower part of the facade there are three portals of the eleventh century. The top is decorated with a rosette whose bezel is richly decorated with sculptures of monsters and imaginary creatures . Inside, the church has three naves divided by sixteen grand columns supporting arches and fake galleries . The crypt in the altar preserves the relics of St. Sabinus and the icon of the Madonna Odegitria which , according to tradition , was moved here in the seventh century . On the left side of the transept is located the sacristy , Trulla , cylindrical , perhaps originally a baptistery . Of great historical and artistic value its underground portion called -body in a very impressive tour of the museum with interesting pieces of archeology related to four major historical periods : the Roman phase , the phase of early Christian and medieval and the modern stage . Adjacent to the cathedral, the palace of the Curia , the Diocesan Museum preserves valuable works of art as a record of prestigious commissions understood that beautify the sacred building over the centuries .

PANE DI ALTAMURA DOP

PANE DI ALTAMURA DOP  Apri
Loc. ALTAMURA BA, ITALIA - PUGLIA  Navigatore
34 Km from VIA DEL MARE
  Area Cassano delle Murge, Matera, Acquaviva delle Fonti
  Brochure PDF
Altamura bread is a product of traditional bakery of Altamura, in the province of Bari. It is obtained by the use of groats (very rich in gluten) rimacinate of varieties of durum wheat grown in the municipalities of Murgia. In July 2003, at the European level, the bread of Altamura was recognized brand designation of origin (PDO). Cooked in traditional ovens wood and stone, Altamura bread is distinguished by its fragrance and its taste. It has a crisp crust and a soft crumb pale yellow. It comes in two traditional forms; the first locally called U sckuane'te (overlapped bread), is high, crossed over, the other lower, locally referred to as' a cappidde Father de simone (priest's hat). The defined geographical area of the grains are grown comprises the municipalities of Altamura, Gravina di Puglia, Poggiorsini, Spinazzola and Minervino Murge in the province of Bari. And the production area of Altamura bread only includes the administrative territory of the City of Altamura, near Bari.

LA FORESTA MERCADANTE

LA FORESTA MERCADANTE  Apri
Loc. FORESTA DI MERCADANTE, S.S. 98, KM35, CASSANO DELLE MURGE BA, ITALIA - PUGLIA  Navigatore
26 Km from VIA DEL MARE
  Area Acquaviva delle Fonti, Altamura, Casamassima
The Forest (currently 1,300 hectares) was built to defend Bari from recurring flood disasters. Seventy years ago it was finished planting the Forest Mercadante, now, now, the lung of Bari. In the last three decades, many advances have been recorded, but the most important of all was the confirmation of the interest tourism, closely linked to the increase of the forest, with assiduous care and patient work of three generations, has become the main attraction cassanese and deserves, therefore, to be better known and illustrated. Everyone knows that in the west of Bari there was the mouth of the river Picone who impaludava in the area between the city and the peninsula of San Cataldo; swamp at the beginning of '500 the Duchess of Bari, Isabella of Aragon-Sforza, tried in vain to reclaim, by opening the appropriate access to the sea. The river, meandering through the territories of Cassano, Sannicandro Bitritto, Carbonara Bari, flowed into the center of the creek between Bari and San Cataldo, where he completed the wall of the toll gates erected after 1868 the entrance to the Via Nazionale to Foggia and Naples. His bed, about 35 km long, consists of a long succession of blades dug into the earth's crust, filled with thriving vineyards. But the increase in building of the twentieth century has almost completely erased. The most serious flood in 1567 wiped out all the works carried out over time under a huge blanket of mud and debris. So the quagmire became larger, insidious and unhealthy than ever, took the name of Marisabella to remember the ill-fated attempt of the Duchess Sforza. The 'flood swept February 1905 in Bari, causing 18 dead and thousands homeless and disasters that caught the attention of the competent authorities. The scourge was repeated, with new extremely high damage and other victims, on 3 and September 5, 1915; but there was a terrible war with its pressing needs, and the new disaster gave rise only to long controversy and inadequate half-measures with which pulled forward until the tragic November 6, 1926, when a storm ever seen, after sweeping the 'inadequate trench dam, side swept across the south-west of the capital, submerging under a mass of muddy water up to 60 cm high. and, unfortunately, with another 19 dead and 50 injured! The government of the time, promptly took to heart the question in all its social, geographical, meteorological and economic, and the results of the studies of the various departments concerned, it was decided to detour dell'infausto stream. With thoughtful concern, the Department of Agriculture of Bari and the Agricultural Inspectorate, together with the control of the Forest Service, they prepared the plan for the expropriation of the Royal Decree 12/30/1926 n. 3287: Measures to be taken to the river basin Picone, depending on the flood-up area and in the province of Bari, bordered to the north by the provincial Cassano Altamura, to the east with the locality of Female Life to the West with the of Chiummo (ie small) and lord.

CASTEL DEL MONTE

CASTEL DEL MONTE  Apri
Loc. SS170DIR, ANDRIA BT, ITALIA - PUGLIA  Navigatore
37 Km from VIA DEL MARE
  Area Minervino Murge, Trani, Barletta
The castle is built directly on bedrock, outcrops in many places, and is universally known for its octagonal shape. On each of the eight corners are grafted eight towers of the same form in the curtain walls of local limestone, marked by a cornice, open eight lancet windows on the lower floor and mullioned windows seven one three-light window, facing Andria, in the upper. The courtyard, octagonal in shape, is characterized as the entire building, from the color contrast arising from the use of coral breccia, limestone and marble; a time there were also antique sculptures, of which only the slab depicting the procession of knights and a Fragment of anthropomorphic figure. At the upper floor there are three doors, windows, under which there are certain elements projecting and some holes, perhaps intended to hold a wooden gallery useful in making independent of each other venues, all communicating with each other with a path annular, except for the first and eighth, separated by a wall in which it opens, at the top, a large oculus, probably used to communicate. The sixteen rooms, eight on each floor, have a trapezoidal shape and were covered with an ingenious solution. The space is divided, in fact, in a central span covered square cross ribbed, (with semi-breccia reef on the ground floor and pillars of marble trefoil at top), while the remaining triangular spaces are covered with barrel vaults lancet. The keystones of the cruises are different, decorated with elements anthropomorphic, zoomorphic and phytomorphic

Excursions and attractions in PUGLIA close to BITONTO Bari Casamassima Cassano delle Murge: 'TERRA DI BARI DOP'   'TEATRO PETRUZZELLI'   'TARALLI PUGLIESI'   'BARLETTA'   'WWF: OASI ACQUAVIVA DELLE FONTI'   'CASAMASSIMA'   'ALTAMURA'   'BARI'   'CASTELLO NORMANNO'   'ANDRIA'   'TRANI'   'UVA DI PUGLIA IGP'   'PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE LAMA BALICE'   'CATTEDRALE DI SAN SABINO'   'PANE DI ALTAMURA DOP'   'LA FORESTA MERCADANTE'   'CASTEL DEL MONTE'  

PUGLIA


Le Puglie, the Italian name of this region, is in the plural form and, in fact, this is a place that conceals many souls. The 'heel' of the boot, Apulia , as it is known in English, is,an enchanting region that lays amid nature, history, tradition, gusto and spirituality, to be visited all year round. Sea lovers can take their pick, choosing between the cliffs of Otranto and Santa Maria di Leuca, the meeting point between the Ionian and the Adriatic Sea, or Gallipoli, the 'Gem of Salento' and the Gargano, the 'Spur of Italy', jutting out to the clear sea water that guards the beautiful Tremiti Islands. Nature is again the protagonist in the Murgia National Park and the Gargano National Park with its wild Umbrian forest, its salt pans and lakes, the deep ravines of Laterza and the wide dolines of Altamura, which distinguish the hinterland of the region with their charming sceneries. To those who want to plunge into history, Apulia offers a wide range of places that tell the ancient origins of this land: from prehistory to Magna Graecia, from the Imperial Age to the Renaissance and the baroque splendour of Lecce and the Salento area. The provinces of the region are: Bari (regional capital), Brindisi, Foggia, Lecce and Taranto.